Panel Common Property
The starting-point of the thematic considerations on the 6th Werkleitz Biennale was a debate on copyrights. It soon turned out that the conflict between the cultural producers’ seemingly natural right to access socially relevant images and information and the rights of the authors is symptomatic. The demand for new ownership relations extended to information and knowledge predominantly serves the interests of industries reliant on cheap (intellectual) resources, like in the field of biotechnology. The real conflict affects the ongoing negotiations between private (exploitation) interests and societal autonomy that are taking place globally and on various levels. In the debate on copyrights and intellectual property, which «ought to especially interest people working in the creative field» – who are themselves always also ‹authors› – the cultural scene is being used against its own interests. Culture is not conceivable without the free exchange of and the uninhibited play with signs, images and stories. Instead of this (spurious) controversy over more or less copyrights and authorship rights, we would like to discuss here the societal opportunities and political perspectives of expanding common property. The central question is: What belongs to everyone, and how can that which belongs to everyone be socially appropriated?
The discussion will be held in German.
Dr. Ulrich Brand (DE), political scientist
Hans-Christian Dany (DE), freelance author, artist and publicist
Curators of the 6th Werkleitz Biennale